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Dostoyevsky and the Process of Literary Creation


Part of Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature

  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521022781

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  • Jacques Catteau's much-acclaimed book on Dostoyevsky, which has already received three literary prizes (and one medical) in France, appears here in English for the first time. It is an original and detailed attempt to re-examine Dostoyevsky the artist, tracing the creative process from its beginnings in the notebooks to its expression in the novels, and at the same time analysing the structures of time and space, the role of colour, and other important features of the texts. For this edition the author has taken the opportunity to revise his text and bring the bibliography up to date, where possible giving references to the Soviet Academy of Sciences' edition of Dostoyeysky's works and to English versions of critical sources.

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    'Jacques Catteau's massive book is a distinguished contribution to Dostoyevsky studies, and a work that no future student of the subject will be able to neglect.' Joseph Frank, Slavic and East European Journal

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    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521022781
    • length: 568 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.845kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the English edition
    List of abbreviations
    General editor's note on transliteration and references
    General introduction
    Part I. The Creative Environment: Introduction
    1. Forms of creativity in embryo
    2. The heritage
    3. The heritage: literature
    4. The heritage: history and philosophy
    5. Illness
    6. Money
    Part II. The Process of Creation: Introduction
    7. The writer at work
    8. The great dialogue: the news item
    9. The great dialogue: migrant images
    10. The play of dialogue
    11. The unity of thought in the novel
    12. The summit of creative interrogation: 'The Life of a Great Sinner'
    13. A Raw Youth: reasons for choice
    14. A Raw Youth: the appearance of the vision
    15. A Raw Youth: the human architecture
    16. A Raw Youth: the idea of the novel
    17. The composition of the novel in Dostoyevsky's work: choice of chronicle form
    18. Composition of the novel in A Raw Youth: chronicle and stories
    Part III. Time and Space in the World of the Novels: Introduction
    19. The master of men and hours
    20. Chronology and temporality in The Idiot
    21. The ascending spiral
    22. Time of power and power of time
    23. The heavens of eternity
    24. The dream of space and the space of the real
    25. The inventory and the expressionist orchestration of scenery and lighting
    26. The semantics of colour
    27. The hero in space: sighting and seeing
    Select bibliography
    Index of names.

  • Author

    Jacques Catteau


    Audrey Littlewood

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